Saturday, 16 April 2016

Strange Oblique

If you like Tequila Hustler, then you're going to love:

This brand new release takes the classic 'Sixth Sense' effect and makes it both impromptu and completely prop-less! 

The classic effect where the mentalist determines which spectator has the only odd coloured ball can now been done on the spur of the moment with pocket change and zero apparatus - nothing at all!
That's right: no bag, no balls or marbles, no magnets and no gimmicks. And you can even be out of the room whilst the objects are chosen!

The booklet explains several versions: the main one uses just pocket change that you never ever touch or need to see. Another handling that is bound to spawn multiple variations uses nothing more than random words written on scraps of paper.

But whichever handling you prefer, you always know who is lying, who is telling the truth and exactly who is holding the target object!

It is strong enough to use in a show, and yet still casual enough to perform for a few friends in a pub or coffee shop. And yes, it can be adapted to any language.

The widely-lauded Tequila Hustler has been called one of the major breakthroughs in mentalism of recent times, providing a completely different, logic-based approach to the 'which hand' problem. Strange Oblique does the exact same thing for the 'Sixth Sense' plot.

An unsolicited review:

"Very short review of Strange Oblique. It's by Mark Elsdon... 'nuff said!!

Let's just say that SO is to Kurotsuke what TH is to 'which hand'. Can be performed completely impromptu. 5 or even more spectators one has the impromptu equivalent of a black ball (or on sta
ge it could actually be a black ball) the rest have the impromptu equivalent of a white ball (or a white ball). The performer with only a few questions, most being funny or random, is able, with 100% accuracy, to locate who has the target object and who is lying.

IMO worth every penny. Also if you use an electronic version for a Sixth Sense/Kurotsuke routine this gives you the perfect out if the electronics fail."

 - Mark Chandaue 

Strange Oblique is available as both an eBook* and a printed booklet.

The price is £25.

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Equivoque Workshop 4 - Manchester

On Sunday 17th of April, 2016 I will be holding the fourth Equivoque Workshop. The venue is in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

The goal of the Workshop is to make attendees into experts on Equivoque, providing them with an overview of its history, an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, full instruction on several of my personal unpublished effects and the ability to construct powerful, original Equivoque effects for themselves.

The feedback from the first three Workshops has been excellent. Here are a few testimonials to whet your appetite:

"I was lucky enough to attend the first Workshop Mark held, it delivered all that it promised to and more. Yes, you will get some great routines that you can add to your repertoire that are exclusive and powerful; but more importantly you'll get a huge toolbox of ideas and linguistic techniques that have been developed and honed by Mark through hundreds of performances, and countless hours of research. I have now adopted these methods and am using them both in my impromptu casual performances and in my professional TV and corporate work. I 100% recommend the workshop and hope you enjoy it as much as I did." - James Went

"I recently attended Mark's Equivoque Workshop which was genuinely very helpful. Mark is a very bright guy and brings his clever approach and handlings to many unique effects. The group attending was small (on purpose) which meant Mark could spend time helping each of us understand the different techniques and then use them to suit our own individual presentation. His way of explaining is both in depth and entertaining - I came away with many new ideas and possibilities. In addition we all enjoyed a relaxed lunch and post day drinks which again allowed more time to chat one-on-one. If you are in two minds about attending, then you need Mark's help with your mentalism. A great day, worth every last penny and I strongly recommend you attend." - Roger Curtis 

“I just wanted to thank you for a great day’s workshop. Before I signed up I wasn't sure what the day would bring, but I have to say it was thoroughly enjoyable, if at times, a little challenging. This is a good thing by the way. The more stimulating the delivery, the more the information can be retained.  My train journey back had me scribbling ideas and notes, clarifying the content of the day, trying hard not to lose any of the insights delivered. I really appreciated the one to one practice sessions, allowing me to consolidate the learning. All in all, a good days work.  Many thanks for sharing your expertise, absolutely priceless!” – Allan Clarke

Here is a run-down of the day’s programme:

10.45am    Arrival

11.00am    Workshop Session 1: A complete overview of the subject of Equivoque, discussing its history and its exponents, and explaining how it can be so powerful and why it so rarely is. I will outline a revolutionary approach to Equivoque and explain the precise mechanics of how to perform it with a 100% success rate.

12.15am    Break

12.30am    Workshop Session 2: I will teach four Equivoque-based effects. Three of these are from my private repertoire and do not appear in the forthcoming Equivoque book. Nor will they ever be available anywhere other than at the Workshop.

2.00pm      Lunch

3.00pm      Workshop Session 3: Interactive learning sessions for attendees to try out the effects and techniques taught in Session 2. I will work individually with each person to make sure that they are incorporating the core techniques properly into their own speech patterns and body language. This one-on-one coaching will ensure that everyone is learning the key skills in a way that works effectively for them personally.

4.30pm      Break

4.45pm      Workshop Session 4: I will teach each of the six Equivoque strategies that I use to create and develop professional-calibre Equivoque-based effects. These six tools are being explained exclusively to Workshop attendees; they are not taught (or even specifically mentioned) in the Equivoque book. Knowledge of these strategies will allow attendees to develop their own personal impromptu, close-up and stage effects.

5.45pm      Equivoque Question and Answer Session

6.15pm      Finish

Whilst the whole day has a serious goal – to make everyone present an expert practitioner of Equivoque – it will have a very informal atmosphere where discussion and collaboration are encouraged.

The fee for the Workshop is £230.

The Workshop fee includes lunch as well as drinks before we begin and at both break times. I will also be around for the rest of the evening for anyone who wants to hang out, drink beer and chat magic and mentalism.

You will also receive a signed copy of the Equivoque Is A Way Of Life book when it is released this summer.

On the day I will be providing a thorough outline of all the material, effects and techniques discussed. However you are encouraged to take copious notes, particularly during the one-on-one tuition. The use of audio or video recording devices will not be permitted.

Click here to book your place using Paypal:

Attendance is strictly limited to 6 people and 5 places are already taken. The Paypal button will be removed as soon as all the places have been sold. Once you've made Payment I will email to confirm your place and let you know the venue. Many thanks!

If you have any questions whatsoever about the day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.